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Xbox Series X is coming to stores in November, but without Halo Infinite

Xbox Series X will launch with thousands of game titles such as Forza Horizon 4 and Assassin's Creed Valhalla but without Halo Infinite.

twitter-logoShubham Verma | August 12, 2020 | Updated 18:20 IST

Highlights

  • Microsoft has announced the Xbox Series X is arriving this November.
  • However, one of its biggest titles, Halo Infinite is not launching until 2021.
  • Xbox Series X will support thousands of game titles at the launch.

Microsoft Xbox Series X gaming console is hitting shelves November this year. The announcement was made by the US-based company on Tuesday, giving fuel to the previous speculations. It is a pretty delayed release date considering Microsoft announced the Xbox Series X last month but it will, at least, soften the blow the company delivered with the news that its most popular title Halo Infinite will not arrive until 2021. Since Halo Infinite will not be available by November curbing Microsoft's efforts to counter the Sony PlayStation 5, it wants to win you over with "thousands" of games that will be available on Xbox Series X as soon as it launches.

Update: A new report by The Verge speculates the Xbox Series X could debut on November 6, citing the information printed on the retail boxes of unknown controllers. This information mentions the box should not be sold or displayed before November 6. Microsoft previously did not specify a particular launch date for Xbox Series X.

In a blog post, Xbox said that at least 100 games out of thousands will be optimised for Xbox Series X titles. These games are designed to utilise the Direct X raytracing hardware acceleration, 120fps and Quick Resume features on the gaming console. These features are made in line with the requirements of Halo Infinite, one of the biggest launch titles for Xbox Series X, but its unavailability this year is what Microsoft is trying to cover up with other game titles. These games include Assassin's Creed Valhalla, Dirt 5, Gears Tactics, Yakuza: Like a Dragon.

And even if these game titles somehow fail to woo customers, Microsoft is introducing the Xbox Game Pass, which is a bundled subscription for a curated set of Xbox games that will be playable on any device, including Android phones or tablets. Xbox Game Pass will be a part of the Xbox Game Pass Ultimate that, in addition to what you get with the former, bundles more features such as free perks, in-game content, and consumables from partners. The Xbox Game Pass will be available to subscribe starting September 15, which is only about two months ahead of the release of the Xbox Series X.

Microsoft is wary of the incoming assault from Sony in the form of the amusingly elegant PlayStation 5. Embodying a rather post-apocalyptic robot design, the PlayStation 5 is the company's most advanced gaming console yet, set for release during the holiday season in the US and other select countries. It will launch with some of the biggest titles, including Spider-Man: Miles Morales -- something that raises the gamble Microsoft is taking with the Xbox Series X without its marquee title, Halo Infinite. As such, it only makes sense to announce the release date for the Xbox Series X unless Halo Infinite gets its own next year.

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